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Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 03/17/2014

The Morning Plum: As Crimea votes to secede, demands pour in for more effective posturing

Republicans will be insisting that Crimea’s secession never would have happened had Barack Obama not been so weak.

By Paul Waldman  |  08:51 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 01/24/2014

The Morning Plum: More cracks in GOP resistance to Obamacare

Republicans slowly reconcile themselves to the idea that the law might not be 100 percent evil.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:20 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/23/2014

The Morning Plum: A nation of redistributionists and class warriors

A new poll finds a majority of Americans supports taxing the rich to help the poor.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 01/21/2014

The Morning Plum: Obama, race, and the Affordable Care Act

The president makes striking comments about race and Obamacare.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/03/2014

The Morning Plum: The next battle over Obamacare

Expect House GOP votes designed to sow doubts about enrollment numbers.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Morning Plum: Will Republicans renew UI for their own constituents?

States represented by GOP Senators have higher unemployment rates than the national average.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 12/20/2013

The Morning Plum: Immigration reform coming in 2014?

A top ally of John Boehner says votes may happen in 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Morning Plum: Despite O’care rollout, Americans want to expand safety net

A new poll finds that majorities still say the federal government should act to expand health coverage to all Americans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Morning Plum: Democrats should prioritize combatting inequality. It’s popular.

A new poll finds broad support for the idea that the federal government -- yes, Big Gummint -- should combat inequality. Class warfare time!

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 12/17/2013

The Morning Plum: The consequences of GOP opposition to Obamacare

Thanks to the refusal to opt in to the Medicaid expansion, racial, geographic and ethnic disparities in health care coverage are only likely to get worse, a new study finds.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Morning Plum: Insurance industry bets on Obamacare. GOP bets on failure.

Insurance companies will spend hundreds of millions to help make the law work, but Republicans know it has already failed.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013

The Morning Plum: Congress’ epic fail

Lawmakers remain far more likely to vote on a useless Iran sanctions bill than on extending a lifeline to over one million Americans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Morning Plum: Top pollster advises Dems to go on offense on Obamacare

Stan Greenberg’s extensive new research confirms it yet again: The GOP repeal stance is not a winner.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 12/11/2013

The Morning Plum: Have Obama and the health law bottomed out?

After all of its problems, the Affordable Care Act is still on probation with many voters.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 12/10/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP set to stiff-arm conservatives once again?

Republican leaders appear ready to enter into basic governing compromises.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Morning Plum: Sequester will be lifted, but unemployed likely to be left behind

A senior Senate Democratic aide tells me the chances of an extension of an unemployment insurance extension for 1.3 million people are “slipping away.“

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 12/06/2013

Morning Plum: Fate of unemployment insurance hangs in the balance

A budget deal appears to be close, but an extension of benefits for the jobless appears nowhere in sight.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Morning Plum: Slowly, the political-media narrative on Obamacare turns

Harry Reid says Obamacare will be a plus for Dems in 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 12/04/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama returns to an old standby -- the middle class

The President hopes to link Obamacare to the larger economic themes that have bailed him out in the past.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 12/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems try going on offense on Obamacare

What if the GOP stance on health care is a liability, too?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:05 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 12/02/2013

The Morning Plum: Obamacare gets another chance

But Republicans remain absolutely, irrevocably convinced the law has already failed.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Morning Plum: Republicans are absolutely certain Obamacare has already failed

A new poll finds majorities still think the law can work.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:31 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 11/26/2013

The Morning Plum: What if the GOP stance on Obamacare proves a liability, too?

That’s not possible, because Obamacare’s doom is already sealed.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:59 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 11/25/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems should give Iran deal a chance

The White House’s request for flexibility seems like a reasonable one.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:27 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 11/22/2013

Morning Plum: No, nuclear option will not make Washington partisanship ‘worse’

The same old incentives for GOP obstructionism are still operative.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 11/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 11/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Draw a sharper contrast on Obamacare, Dems

Republicans plan a major new assault on the health law.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:41 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 11/20/2013

The Morning Plum: On Obamacare, a stark racial divide

Dems may not be able to abandon the law without alienating their core voter groups.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 11/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Here’s why Dems should stick with Obamacare

Disapproval of the law is running high, but core Democratic constituencies continue to tilt against repeal.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:57 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 11/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Obamacare is the salvation of the GOP. (Not.)

The health law’s problems are only encouraging Republicans to postpone dealing with immigration and tax reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 11/15/2013

The Morning Plum: For Democrats, it’s gut check time

This isn’t about Obama. It’s about the policy.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:31 AM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:12 AM ET, 11/12/2013

The Morning Plum: White House braces for terrible Obamacare enrollment numbers

But again: All that matters in the long run is whether the policy works.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:12 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 11/08/2013

White House tries to stanch Obamacare bleeding

But the long term politics of Obamacare could still favor the Democrats.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2013

The Morning Plum: Labor blasts House Republicans over immigration

Is there any way to make individual GOP lawmakers pay a price for refusing to solve the country’s problems?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 11/06/2013

Morning Plum: Virginia race not a referendum on Obamacare, after all

The health law may be on probation with many voters, but the GOP scorched earth opposition to it is just not a majority position.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:08 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Morning Plum: Study suggests politics of Obamacare could shift against GOP

A new Kaiser study finds that 17 million Americans could qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:57 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 11/04/2013

The Morning Plum: A year after election debacle, GOP hasn’t changed a bit

The disastrous Obamacare rollout is allowing Republicans to paper over problems and internal conflicts that will imperil the party over the long term.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:53 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/01/2013

The Morning Plum: Americans not ready to give up on Obamacare

A new poll finds more want to keep the law or expand it than want to “repeal and replace” or get rid of it entirely.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 10/31/2013

The Morning Plum: The deficit is falling. In Washington, that doesn’t matter.

Democrats have leverage in the coming budget talks, too. They should act like it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/30/2013

Morning Plum: There’s only one way to win the war over Obamacare

Over time, the policy known as the Affordable Care has to work.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:36 AM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 10/29/2013

Morning Plum: Why normal debate about Obamacare is impossible

Many Republicans refuse to even acknowledge the millions of Americans who will benefit from the law.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 10/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 10/28/2013

The Morning Plum: Maybe GOP should try governing again

It’s time for Republicans to accept that the Tea Party will probably never accept anything that results from conventional governing processes.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 10/25/2013

The Morning Plum; Yes, liberals should criticize Obamacare failings

It’s the right position on the policy substance and on the politics.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013

The Morning Plum: House GOP pivots from Obamacare to Obamacare

Serious Congressional oversight when it comes to the health law’s rollout problems would be welcome. Can the House GOP supply it?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Obamacare rollout is awful. GOP’s position is a lot worse.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 10/22/2013

The Morning Plum: Outside the conservative bubble, GOP sustains epic damage

The GOP brand is in absolutely awful shape. Does that matter at all?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:18 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Don’t squander your shutdown gains, Dems

If there is anything that can trample on the Dem message -- that the GOP has lost the ability to engage in basic governing -- it’s Obamacare’s glaring web site failures.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 10/18/2013

The Morning Plum: How the GOP can save itself from the Tea Party

Republicans need to start governing again, even if it gets Tea Partyers very, very angry.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 10/17/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems break GOP addiction to chaos governing. But will it last?

This wasn’t just another Washington “win.” It was an important statement on principle.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013

John Boehner’s `moment of truth’ arrives

It was inevitable that the House Speaker would have to decide whether to throw the Tea Party overboard.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 10/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems think they’re killing debt limit GOP extortion for good

Won’t we simply find ourselves back in the same situation in a few months? Dems think we won’t. Let’s hope they’re right.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013

The Morning Plum: The secret GOP plot to salvage victory, or at least postpone defeat

Despite their “offer,” Republicans are fully intent on maintaining use of future debt limit deadlines in order to extract unilateral concessions from Democrats.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013

The Morning Plum: Boehner blinks

At this point, Republicans can’t decide where their phantom leverage lies, and can’t agree on what concessions to extract with that phantom leverage.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:01 AM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013

The Morning Plum: A clarifying moment of Washington dysfunction

Obama and Republicans don’t disagree over the need for negotiations. They disagree over the conditions within which those negotiations should take place.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 10/08/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP addicted to something-for-nothing governing

We’re seeing the implications of it right now, and it ain’t pretty.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 10/07/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner doesn’t really want to `negotiate’ with Obama

Can’t folks at least acknowledge the true nature of the GOP position here?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:35 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013

The Morning Plum: Conservatives have no endgame in shutdown fight

House GOP leaders can’t find a way out of this mess because the right won’t let them.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:32 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 10/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans and their voters are stuck in 2011

Tea Party Republicans need to understand that giving up on the idea of fake leverage over Obama is not surrender.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:43 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 10/02/2013

The Morning Plum: Governing crisis set to escalate dramatically

It’s becoming more likely that the government shutdown will spill over into the debt limit fight. Be. Very. Afraid.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Republicans enter the danger zone

As the government shutdown begins, a new poll suggests solid majorities, including of independents and moderates, no longer think the GOP is capable of constructive governing.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:50 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 09/30/2013

The Morning Plum: For GOP, a refresher on the meaning of the word `compromise’

Republicans redefine “compromise” as asking for only some of what they want at gunpoint, rather than all of it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/27/2013

The GOP’s Obamacare problem, in one sentence

Republicans need to tell us what they want, other than what they can’t have.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 09/26/2013

The GOP’s debt limit strategy is insane. People should say so.

Some Republicans want to insist on a late term abortion ban in exchange for a debt ceiling hike.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:56 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 09/25/2013

The Morning Plum: Ted Cruz’s stance on Obamacare is the GOP’s stance on Obamacare

Good news about Obamacare! But Republicans must not acknowledge it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:34 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 09/24/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP’s problem isn’t which hostage to take. It’s the extortion strategy itself.

In embracing a new strategy to use the debt limit to undermine Obamacare, GOP leaders are ignoring the same realities they’re asking conservatives to accept.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 09/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Why won’t the GOP establishment let Ted Cruz defund Obamacare?

The Texas Senator is already laying the groundwork to blame anyone but himself for the failure of his defund-Obamacare con.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/20/2013

The Morning Plum: As Obamacare marches forward, GOP marches off cliff

Even as GOP opposition to Obamacare continues to radicalize, time may be on the law’s side.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 09/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Panic sets in among GOP elites

A new GOP poll finds opposition to Obamacare does not translate into support for GOP efforts to sabotage it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:27 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Are Dems turning on Obama? Yes. Does it matter? Not much.

The basic dynamic shaping our politics in the near future is divisions within the GOP, and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/17/2013

The Morning Plum: On Syria, Beltway elites blow it with paint-by-numbers punditry

A new poll finds that majorities still say Obama is a strong leader with strong principles. Time to reevaluate all the unstated assumptions guiding commentary on these matters, okay?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 09/16/2013

The Morning Plum: Fewer than one in four Americans support sabotage of Obamacare

A new Pew poll finds that only 23 percent back efforts to make the law fail, yet that minority’s obsession is in effect dictating our entire political situation.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013

The Morning Plum: Delusions and lies about Obamacare come back to haunt GOP leaders

There is no sign the GOP leadership has any idea how to avert chaos this fall.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Senate conservatives stick the knife in House GOP leaders

For all the talk about how Syria “weakens” Obama, the dominant factor in the upcoming fights will be divisions among Republicans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 09/11/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama is conflicted on Syria. That’s a good thing.

The President’s handling of Syria has many problems, but his treatment of it as a morally complex, evolving situation is not one of them.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/10/2013

The Morning Plum: If we avoid war, American people won’t care about process that got us there

Many seem to think that if a war opposed by huge majorities is averted, it will somehow put Obama’s presidency is on the line.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 09/09/2013

The Morning Plum: A liberal alternative to war in Syria?

House progressives will introduce a resolution this week urging all diplomatic options be exhausted before military action. Its fate will provide clues to the depth of Congressional opposition to strikes.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/06/2013

The Morning Plum: If Congress says No on Syria, Obama should (and probably will) listen

We may get to see the unfolding of a very interesting experiment.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 09/05/2013

The Morning Plum: The case Obama needs to make

The President may give an Oval Office address on Syria. These are the concerns he needs to address.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:24 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 09/04/2013

The Morning Plum: How White House hopes to get Congress to Yes on Syria

Congress is being given a way to rein in Obama's authority without blocking strikes on

By Greg Sargent  |  09:08 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 09/03/2013

The Morning Plum: How Republicans will make their Syria decision all about Obama

Some GOP lawmakers are already telegraphing their intention to oppose intervention on the grounds that Obama is too incompetent to execute it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:03 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 08/23/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner searches for a way out

The House GOP leader makes it clear there will be no government shutdown to defund Obamacare. But what's next?

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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 08/22/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP leaders approach day of reckoning

At a certain point, Republican leaders will have to level with the base about the GOP's lack of leverage to stop Obamacare.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 08/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Ted Cruz is absolutely right about Obamacare

The Texas Senator knows full well that once the Affordable Care Act's benefits kick in, the argument over the law will no longer be winnable.

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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 08/20/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans may need Nancy Pelosi to bail them out

Top Democrats are increasingly convinced Republicans will simply not be capable of averting disaster in this fall's fiscal confrontations.

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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/19/2013

The Morning Plum: For Obamacare opponents, time is running out

What if the push to defund Obamacare turns out to be a big fizzle, even among the conservative grassroots?

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Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 08/16/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP elites in full blown panic

If Republicans believe their only political problem on Obamacare is the reckless push for a government shutdown, they are kidding themselves.

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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 08/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Where's that conservative backlash on immigration?

Another House Republican comes out for comprehensive reform. But does it matter?

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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 08/14/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems must get it right in this fall's spending fights

Chris Van Hollen lays down some core principles for Dems to follow in the confrontations to come.

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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 08/13/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP leaders retreat from the abyss

A new report claims House Republicans are confident they can avoid a government shutdown debacle this fall.

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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 08/12/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP talking points on Obamacare descend into gibberish

Do Republican officials really believe the claim that Obama is the one who wants to shut down the government will fly?

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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 08/09/2013

The Morning Plum: The Obamacare trap

Every time Republicans propose a replacement for Obamacare, conservatives revolt -- reminding everyone of what Republicans are trying to obscure in the first place.

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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 08/08/2013

The Morning Plum: The conventional wisdom on immigration reform is wrong

The key question to ask is this: Are House Republicans seriously grappling with the issue?

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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 08/07/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP's fundamental miscalculation on Obamacare

What if Republicans are making the exact same mistake about Obamacare they made about the economy in 2012?

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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 08/06/2013

The Morning Plum: Only the total destruction of Obamacare will do

Marco Rubio claims that you are not really against Obamacare unless you advocate for defundign the law.

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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 08/05/2013

The Morning Plum: Be very afraid of a government shutdown

In an interview, Eric Cantor refuses to disabuse the base of all the lies and distortions about Obamacare and government spending that are making any sane effort to reach compromises impossible.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 08/02/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP leaders reap the whirlwind

Republican leaders have created this mess, but Nancy Pelosi may well have to bail them out of it.

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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 08/01/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP discovers voting to repeal Obamacare is easier than governing

House Republicans learn that cutting spending is difficult and unpopular, and that basic governing is no picnic, either. So how about another Obamacare repeal vote?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 07/31/2013

The Morning Plum: Ostrich Punditry refuses to reckon with reality of today's GOP

The core question remains: Is there any set of concessions -- or any display of presidential leadership -- that could induce Republican leaders to compromise?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 07/26/2013

The Morning Plum: Even Republicans are openly worried about GOP's sabotage governing

Some even say they could cost the GOP the House.

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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 07/25/2013

The Morning Plum: Can White House win any GOP support for infrastructure spending?

Obama advisers will quietly reach out to the emerging bloc of compromise-minded Republican Senators to see if they'll support any action on the economy.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 07/24/2013

The Morning Plum: How long can GOP keep this up?

A new poll finds that majorities see Republicans as the inflexible, intransigent party.

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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 07/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans are deluding themselves -- time is on Obamacare's side

Even conservatives are beginning to realize that Obamacare might gain traction with the public over time.

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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 07/22/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner is the leader of House Republicans. Remember?

The House Speaker wants reporters and commentators to believe immigration reform is very likely dead.

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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 07/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Among Senate Republicans, a new Compromise Caucus emerges

It may be premature to predict Mitch McConnell's grip is loosening, but important developments are afoot.

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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 07/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Immigration reform's prospects depend on whether Boehner and Ryan show leadership

It is not inevitable that the right wing must dictate the outcome.

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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/17/2013

The Morning Plum: A thaw in GOP resistance to basic governing?

Dems plan to capitalize on yesterday's filibuster victory to renew the push for a budget deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 07/16/2013

The Morning Plum: It's still possible for GOP Senators to avoid nuclear Armageddon

Dems are close to a deal with John McCain and other GOP Senators that could relieve Dems of the need to press the nuke button.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 07/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Time to go nuclear

If the current level of GOP obstructionism doesn't justify a rules change by Dems, what level would justify it?

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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 07/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Why the battle over filibuster reform matters

Folks need to take a stand on which side is right and which side is wrong.

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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 07/11/2013

The Morning Plum: House GOP won't cross citizenship Rubicon

A key question remains unanswered: Is there anything, under any circumstances, that can get House Republicans to support citizenship?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 07/10/2013

The Morning Plum: House GOP stares into abyss on immigration

One expert on the House says there's still a narrow path to passage for reform.

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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 07/09/2013

The Morning Plum: Are pro-immigration reform Republicans losing the political argument?

Where is the pushback from Republicans who think reform must pass for the good of the GOP?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 07/08/2013

The Morning Plum: The problem isn't generic "Washington gridlock." It's the House GOP.

Any account that doesn't clearly and forthrightly explain that GOP intransigence is the primary reason for dysfunction is just misleading people.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 06/27/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP doesn't need no stinkin' makeover

On every major issue in the news right now, Republicans are running in the opposite direction from the one recommended in that RNC call for a GOP makeover.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 06/26/2013

The Morning Plum: Darrell Issa backtracks on IRS scandal

The House GOP investigations leader now claims he "never" said the White House or Obama campaign was behind the IRS targeting -- underscoring the increasingly untenable nature of his stance.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:47 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/25/2013

The Morning Plum: With new climate push, Obama accepts reality of broken GOP

The President announces his most direct response yet to the most basic problem he faces: the GOP is not interested in functioning as a constructive governing partner.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 06/24/2013

The Morning Plum: Will John Boehner really kill historic opportunity to reform immigration?

If the GOP base does kill reform, it will only be because Republican leaders allowed it to.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 06/21/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama takes tentative step towards surveillance transparency

The President directs the DNI and DOJ to look at the possibility of declassifying FISA court opinions. That's welcome, but it's only a first step.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 06/20/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems beat back conservative drive to kill immigration reform

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Time to declassify those FISA court opinions, Mr. President

If the President wants that "debate" over the NSA programs and the appropriate balance between security and liberty, we can still have it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Conservatives may be getting marginalized in immigration talks

A new report suggests Republicans are moving away from the "hard triggers" for citizenship that could kill reform, but the news is not all good.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 06/17/2013

The Morning Plum: Marco Rubio's epic challenge on immigration

Right now, immigration reform's prospects may turn on whether Republicans are willing to take Yes for an answer.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 06/14/2013

The Morning Plum: An emerging middle ground on immigration reform?

Marco Rubio gives an interview that offers some grounds for optimism.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 06/13/2013

The Morning Plum: House GOP stomps all over Republican rebranding

The big ticket items coming out of the House of Representatives seem to run directly counter to the goals of that ballyhooed GOP "rebranding."

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 06/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Holding Dems who vote wrong way on guns accountable

Mike Bloomberg urges hundreds of Dem donors to withhold contributions from red state Dem Senators who continue to toe the NRA's line.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:45 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 06/11/2013

The Morning Plum: John Boehner's big concession on immigration

The Speaker refuses to rule out the possibility that immigration reform could pass the House with mostly Democratic support.

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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 06/10/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems must stand firm against right's push to kill immigration reform

Harry Reid lays down a key marker. Let's hope Dems stick with it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/07/2013

The Morning Plum: Revelations expose basic contradiction at heart of Obama's war on terror

The President has said we need a "debate" over the proper balance between security and civil liberties, but it's unclear how far he's willing to go in giving up war on terror tactics to get that balance right.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/06/2013

The Morning Plum: Immigration reform may be in trouble

How John Cornyn may succeed in killing reform's hopes.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 06/05/2013

The Morning Plum: Can gun reform forces counterbalance NRA over long term?

A new effort to combat the NRA and unmask its extremism.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 06/04/2013

The Morning Plum: Behind jubilation about scandals, GOP is rudderless and adrift

For all the celebration, Republicans still have no strategy to deal with two major looming issues: Immigration and the debt ceiling.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Is GOP hyping of scandals prompting a media backlash?

Things really do seem a far sight better than they were in the 1990s.

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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 05/31/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans worry about attacking Obama too aggressively

They are now grappling with how openly to acknowledge that the scandals are all about weakening the President himself.

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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The Morning Plum: Improving economy could help Dems hold Senate

Never mind Obamacare implementation and the ongoing Beltway "scandals." Focus on the improving economy, which could help Dems hold the Senate.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 05/29/2013

The Morning Plum: Who do the austerians in Congress speak for, anyway?

A new poll finds that even a majority of Republicans says federal disaster aid doesn't need to be offset by spending cuts elsewhere.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 05/28/2013

The Morning Plum: Democrats prepare for nuclear war

With the news that Obama will get more aggressive in pushing judicial nominations, Dems may have no choice but to revisit filibuster reform.

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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 05/24/2013

The Morning Plum: Government of, by, and for the Tea Party

A new poll finds that even a majority of Republicans disapproves of the sequester spending cuts.

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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 05/23/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans struggle to connect IRS scandal to Obama

Top Washington lawyers say White House advisers did exactly the right thing in not telling Obama about the pending IRS audit.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 05/22/2013

The Morning Plum: As conservatives celebrate scandal-mania, immigration reform marches forward

Is all the scandal triumphalism actually improving immigration reform's prospects?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:25 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 05/20/2013

The Morning Plum: Presidential scandals, only in the minds of Republicans

A new poll finds that large majorities of Republicans see Obama wrongdoing in the IRS and Benghazi stories -- while moderates and independents accept the White House version of events.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013

The Morning Plum: A reality check on Beltway scandal-mania

Cut through all the jubilation, and we're still stuck in a situation where the GOP cannot get its base to agree to anything compromising or constructive.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 05/13/2013

The Morning Plum: Time for caution in scandal coverage

With another season of Washington scandal feasting upon us, the temptation will be great to resort to journalistic shorthand and loaded language -- and to avoid supplying crucial context -- just as happened in the 1990s.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 05/10/2013

The Morning Plum: Bad 1990s Hillary is back

The Benghazi "scandal" hearkens back to the more lurid attacks on Hillary Clinton of the 1990s.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 05/09/2013

The Morning Plum: One party is threatening the recovery far more than the other is

Kudos to the New York Times for accurately reporting that the consensus among economists is that deficit reduction and spending cuts are a drag on the recovery.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:53 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 05/06/2013

The Morning Plum: Joe Biden is right -- the gun fight is far from over

It is in the interests of Democrats to continue pushing the gun issue, even if the odds of eventual success are long.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:24 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 05/02/2013

The Morning Plum: The one quote that says it all about Obama and the GOP

No, more presidential "leadership" is not the way to secure cooperation from a party that wants to deny a president any victories of any kind.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 05/01/2013

The Morning Plum: A good move on the housing crisis

Will Republicans filibuster Obama's pick to oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- a black former Congressman who is devoted to bringing relief to distressed middle class homeowners?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 04/29/2013

The Morning Plum: How conservatives will try to kill immigration reform

Will the right's campaign to kill reform really prove as fearsome as advertised?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:05 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

The Morning Plum: The problem gun reformers face

New signs have emerged that the gun debate is not over yet. But reformers still have yet to prove that they can extract a political price from Senators who stand in their way.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 04/25/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP makeover is impaired by delusional thinking

The GOP will not be able to soften its image until it untethers itself from the delusions that Obamacare will be repealed and that you can cut spending forever with no consequences.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/24/2013

The Morning Plum: The next challenge for gun reform advocates

They need to prove that Senators who fail to support common sense efforts to limit gun violence can be made to pay a genuine political price, even in red states.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 04/22/2013

The Morning Plum: Boston bombings probably won't derail immigration reform push

The only nativist sentiment that will be stoked by the Boston bombings is already pretty stoked to begin with.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:24 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 04/19/2013

The Morning Plum: Foes of immigration reform pounce on Boston bombing

It's unclear how aggressively the right will seek to draw a link between the Chechen bombing suspects and the immigration reform debate, but if this line picks up steam it will again demonstrate how hard reform will be to accomplish.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 04/17/2013

The Morning Plum: If gun proposal dies, what happens when there's another shooting?

The history of gun control politics tells us that there will always be another massacre.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 04/16/2013

The Morning Plum: Will red state Dems kill expanded background checks?

When Obama asserted during his SOTU speech that the Newtown families "deserve a vote" on gun reform, Senators applauded. Will they make good on that applause?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:45 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 04/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Background checks a major test for self-described `moderate' Republicans

If you want to understand why progress in Washington is impossible, note that a group backed by Rand Paul is now attacking Susan Collins for daring to even think about compromising with Dems on guns.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:46 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/12/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP's policy nihilism

Mark yesterday down on your calendars as the day the GOP's fiscal ruse was finally unmasked with total clarity.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 04/11/2013

The Morning Plum: How expanded background checks could pass the House

GOP Rep. Peter King says the emerging background check compromise could actually pass the House of Representatives -- under the right circumstances. This isn't over yet.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 04/10/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama makes Republicans an offer they will refuse

The President's new budget gives Republicans precisely what they themselves asked for, but it will be rejected out of hand anyway.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:09 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/09/2013

The Morning Plum: Mitch McConnell joins far right fringe on guns

There is still a way for the gun control side to win, even if it's a long shot.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 04/08/2013

The Morning Plum: Revisit filibuster reform, Harry Reid

If the GOP's obstruction of a proposal that is supported by nine in 10 Americans isn't enough to prompt Dems to take another look at rules reform, nothing will be.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 04/04/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP dilemma on immigration

Second class citizenship is not the answer to the GOP's problem. Republicans will have to embrace citizenship, or we're not getting reform.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013

The Morning Plum: Republicans increasingly isolated on many major issues

Polls show that Republican voters are out of step with the American mainstream on everything from immigration to health care to taxes to entitlements to marriage equality. Does this matter?

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 04/02/2013

The Morning Plum: The sequester is not a Beltway joke

It's time to subject the GOP claim of sequestration "victory" to more skepticism and scrutiny.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 04/01/2013

The Morning Plum: Will the GOP base ever allow the party to evolve?

The views of rank and file Republicans on immigration, health care, gay rights, and the proper role and scope of government is impeding the party's makeover.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 03/29/2013

The Morning Plum: Keep talking about jobs, Mr. President

Obama should keep pushing his proposal for more infrastructure spending to get the economy going, as a corrective to Washington's unhealthy obsession with the deficit.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013

The Morning Plum: Don't punt, Dems. It's not too late to defeat the NRA.

The time for red state Democrats to declare independence from the NRA is right now.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 03/27/2013

The Morning Plum: Another hugely consequential day for gay rights

Today the Supreme Court will attack the core questions at the heart of the gay marriage debate in ways that could have far reaching ramifications.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/26/2013

The Morning Plum: From Stonewall to the Supreme Court

Anyone who has had an up close view of anti-gay bigotry in all its ugliness truly understands what's at take today.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/25/2013

The Morning Plum: Will red state Dems punt on gun reform?

Liberals and Democrats across the country need to let red state Democrats know -- right now -- that failing to universal background checks is unacceptable.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/22/2013

The Morning Plum: No, the Ryan vision is not a winner for the GOP

Republicans can't cut loose the Ryan plan, so they are trying to repackage it as a winner by talking about everything except what's actually in it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 03/21/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP's self-refuting argument on guns

The "gun rights" brigade likes to argue that we don't need expanded background checks because "criminals don't respect the law." But that's exactly why we do need expanded background checks.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:10 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 03/20/2013

The Morning Plum: A nation of Keynesians

A new poll finds overwhelming public support for federal spending to create jobs. Even a majority of Republicans backs this. So can we talk about it now?

By Greg Sargent  |  08:55 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/18/2013

The Morning Plum: Being the party of austerity is not the way to win

A GOP pollster warns fellow Republicans that being the party of spending-cuts-only is not a winning position. There are no signs any of them are listening.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/15/2013

The Morning Plum: The GOP's self-defeating strategy in fiscal fight

Until Republicans acknowledge the basic reality of the situation, no progress will be possible.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 03/14/2013

The Morning Plum: Where's the leadership, John Boehner?

After offering a governing blueprint that shreds Democratic priorities on every level and offers zero in concessions, Republicans are calling on Obama to show leadership.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:23 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 03/13/2013

The Morning Plum: No, the GOP isn't "winning" the argument over sequester

A new poll finds that solid majorities reject every main conservative argument about the sequester -- which casts doubt on the notion that Republicans are "winning" the argument over it.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:19 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 03/11/2013

The Morning Plum: Didn't we just have an election?

Republicans decisively lost an election that was all about whether we should invest in and expand the safety net -- and are now doubling down on their insistence that we roll it back.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/08/2013

The Morning Plum: Wake up, Republicans -- gay marriage is on the march

A new poll finds that gay marriage has its broadest support among the voter groups the GOP can afford to alienate the least.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/07/2013

The Morning Plum: What Rand Paul's filibuster accomplished

By showing us what real filibustering looks like, Senator Paul provided a reminder of just how badly day-to-day filibustering is damaging the Senate.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 03/06/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama urges Republicans to take Yes for an answer

The President is now going around GOP leaders to try to woo Republican lawmakers who might be open to a deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:20 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 03/05/2013

The Morning Plum: A tale of two Washington lies

At bottom, the raging "false equivalency" debate is about the fundamental imbalance in the two parties' positions on the great fiscal debate facing the country.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:16 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 03/04/2013

The Morning Plum: The one question every GOP lawmaker should be asked

Republicans need to be asked whether there is any ratio of entitlement cuts to new revenues they'd be willing to accept.

By Greg Sargent  |  08:54 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 03/01/2013

The Morning Plum: Happy Sequester Day! We're still stuck in the wrong conversation.

The fact that we're debating how much austerity to implement at a time of mass unemployment shows that we're still stuck in the mistaken mindset of 2011.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 02/28/2013

The Morning Plum: How both sides really view the sequester

The GOP's refusal to detail specific spending cuts reveals an awareness that they'd be political poison.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:26 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 02/27/2013

The Morning Plum: How's that GOP "makeover" going?

A new poll finds the GOP lagging far behind on many of the major issues facing the country -- the political context within which the battle over the sequester will unfold.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 02/26/2013

The Morning Plum: The false equivalence pundits are part of the problem

David Brooks and the "centrist dodge."

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 02/25/2013

The Morning Plum: Republican governors urge GOP to act on sequester

GOP governors whose states are in the sequester's crosshairs are suddenly finding that GOP intransigence on fiscal matters isn't so wonderful, after all.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:06 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 02/21/2013

The Morning Plum: On issues, GOP is badly out of step with America

A new Pew survey finds that the GOP position on major issues facing the country is held by one-third or fewer Americans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 02/20/2013

The Morning Plum: Americans will blame GOP for sequester

Republicans who believe they'll be able to shift the blame for the sequester to Obama should probably reconsider the results of the last election.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:13 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 02/19/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP is in weak position in sequester fight

In trying to shift blame for the sequester to Obama, Republicans are implicitly admitting that deep spending cuts are politically perilous for whichever party owns them.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:17 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/15/2013

The Morning Plum: Over 100 House Dems tell Obama -- no cuts to entitlement benefits

Many liberals still worry that in the end, the White House and Democrats will accept cuts to entitlements benefits to reach a fiscal deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 02/14/2013

The Morning Plum: Dems to use minimum wage against GOP in 2014

Democrats are convinced that the minimum wage fight will play directly to voter perceptions of which party is really on the side of economically struggling Americans.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:12 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The Morning Plum: Obama's ambitious second term agenda intensifies GOP's dilemma

Republicans now need to decide if they want to play the role of a functional opposition party.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 02/12/2013

The Morning Plum: Marco Rubio won't offer any real GOP "alternative"

As long as Republicans remain tethered to reflexive government-is-bad rhetoric, they will struggle to articulate a positive role government can play in people's lives.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:21 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 02/11/2013

The Morning Plum: Go on offense, Mr. President

The emerging majority coalition that reelected Obama agrees with his vision of government. The President should speak to those voters in his State of the Union speech.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:18 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/08/2013

The Morning Plum: Only one party is willing to compromise. It isn't the GOP.

The GOP's explicit position on the sequester is that allowing it to happen is preferable to compromising with Dems.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:15 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 02/07/2013

The Morning Plum: GOP resolve on sequester begins to crack

Republicans face a stark choice: Either agree to a compromise that gives both sides what they want, or let the sequester gut defense and scuttle the recovery.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:11 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 02/06/2013

The Morning Plum: On immigration, Dems hold the middle ground, and Republicans don't

One party holds the compromise position. The other simply doesn't.

By Greg Sargent  |  09:05 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 02/05/2013

The Morning Plum: Immigration reform in jeopardy?

OPINION | House Republicans are not prepared to support a path to citizenship -- another reminder of just how hard the road to real reform remains.

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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 02/04/2013

The Morning Plum: The problem with the Obama skeet shooting "controversy"

This "controversy" is entirely irrelevant to the gun reform proposals that are actually being discussed. Other than that, it's really, really newsworthy!

By Greg Sargent  |  09:02 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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